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Re: MIPS64EL port box is ready for use (Was: mips64el port build failed list)

On Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 1:55 AM, Aron Xu <happyaron.xu@gmail.com> wrote:
> [Cutting down debian-devel, this is more about details for debian-mips now]
> On Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 10:47 PM, Graham Whaley <graham.whaley@gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 29 October 2013 13:40, Aron Xu <happyaron.xu@gmail.com> wrote:
>>> What we are running isn't any of them, and the 2-way server board
>>> looks promising.
>> Thanks both. OK, so I've no details from Loongson about the boards they have
>> for me yet either - I suspect it may be the same as your board.
>> What we need to consider here is also board price and availability. We can
>> buy 2f mini-PCs, relatively cheap and easily. If they satisfy a need then
>> they may be (a mid-term/interim) solution to shortage of hardware right now.
>> If I find we can source the 3A DDR3 motherboards easily them yippee, but
>> right now that is less clear than sourcing the 2F mini-PC's.
> The most powerful Loongson 3A machine we are able to purchase directly
> without wait could be the 6100 desktop/workstation[1] from Lemote, the
> main board could be similar to MBLS3A-RS780E, which has almost the
> same configuration like the one we are currently running. It has one
> Loongson 3A CPU, 320GB HDD, and 2GB DDR3 RAM pre-installed. At the
> same time, Loongson 2F 6004 mini-PC has one 2F CPU, 160GB HDD, and
> 512MB DDR2 RAM pre-installed.
> As for more details of the board we have (as a reference), it has four
> DDR3 DIMMs and we are running it with a 2x8GB+2GB configuration. It
> supports SATA2/3 disks, but only operates in SATA2.0 mode. And for the
> Loongson 2F mini-PC, it has only one DDR2  DIMM supporting up to 2GB
> RAM, and disk operates in SATA1.0 mode only. Neither of them have
> remote control facility.
> On Lemote's Taobao shop, the 3A 6100 has a list price of CNY3999[2]
> (~USD655), and 2F 6004 has a list price of CNY1800[3] (~USD295), all
> of above have shipping fee within China mainland included. It's quite
> obvious that purchasing the mini-PC can't be a good idea.
> [1]http://www.lemote.com/products/computer/fulong/348.html
> [2]http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=22206048695
> [3]http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?&id=12475034162

And here is another Loongson 2F mini-PC, 6015[4]. It has almost the
same configuration like 6004 except it has 8GB SSD pre-installed.

There is risk of upgrading to 2GB RAM because it's not tested and
supported by Lemote, the possibility is confirmed by people on
Lemote's user forum and they said there is problem in mini-PC's
hardware and PMON makes supporting larger RAM difficult. Even there is
an semi-official recommendation list of RAM model for upgrading to 1GB
from Lemote.


Aron Xu

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